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Wedding B 



Written By: Lesley Patterson Marx 


Awl (1) 

Binder's needle (1) 
or other strong needle 

Crafy knife (1) 

Cutting surface (1) ■ 

such as a self-healing mat or large piece \ 
of matboard 

Fingernail file (1) 

Large metal ruler (1) 

Ordinary craft glue (1) 

Paintbrushes (1) 
for glue 

Pencil (1) 

Super glue (1) 

Utility knifed) 

Wire cutters (1) 


Bone folder (1) 

Wax paper ( 1 ) 

Matboard (1) 

for making a book cradle 

Paper (20"x26") 

Book board (1) 
aka binder's board 

Colored papers (1) 

Book cloth (1) 

from specialty paper or bookbinding 
suppliers, or make your own from fabric 
and Therm O Web's HeatnBond iron-on 
adhesive, following the directions 
included in this project 

Mica or polycarbonate plastic (1) 
from Tar Heel Mica, (828) 765-4535, or 
Micro- Mark ( 

Miniature nails (1) 
from micromark. com 

Book cradle (1) 

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from a bookbinding supplier, or make 
your own following the directions at the 
end of the project 


A lovely book, bound by your own hands, may be just the thoughtful yet utilitarian gift idea 
you've been searching for. The cover can incorporate a window that reveals the invitation, a 
small drawing, a photograph, or anything else you may think of. This versatile binding makes 
a great guest book (in which case you may want to reveal your gift idea ahead of time), a 
photo album, or a place for the couple to hold the memorabilia they collect through the years. 
It can even continue on as a guest book for their home, a place for out-of town visitors or 
dinner guests to make a little sketch and muse about the present moment. 

Horizontal book Vertical book 



Solid line = Cut or tear 

Dashed line = Fold 
(horizontally or vertically) 

Decide the direction of your book. Will the pages fold horizontally or vertically? 

Fold the large paper sheet in half. Place the bone folder on the folded edge and run it flat 
along the fold. Reinforce the fold by repeating on the other side. Open the paper and place 
the metal ruler along the fold. Steady the ruler with one hand and tear the paper in half with 
the other, starting at the top. 

Continue tearing the pages in this way, along the solid lines. 

With the bone folder, fold the pages to their intended size along the dashed lines shown 
above, and nest 4 together into a signature. Make as many signatures as needed. 

Achieve a straight edge by using a craft knife instead of tearing. 

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Cut the guards, using colored paper. These will wrap around the folded edge of each 
signature, adding thickness to the spine and allowing room for the book to "swell." To 
determine the length of the guards, add 1" to the length of the spine. The width of each 
guard is 2". Fold the guards in half lengthwise and wrap 1 around the spine of each 

To determine the size of your cover boards, measure the length and width of a folded 
signature. Add Vi" to each measurement. 

Mark where you'll cut the book board. Steady the ruler with one hand, and with the other 
draw the utility knife from the top to the bottom of the board. Go over the scored line until 
the board releases. Repeat for the second board. 

Test the grain of the board before cutting. Bend it in both directions. Make note of 
which direction is strongest and cut accordingly. 

Mark the dimensions of the window, then score it along all sides until it releases. Mark the 
corners of the window to avoid cutting past them. Sand the edges smooth with a fingernai 

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• To determine the size of the book cloth, add 1" to the height and width of your boards. Cut 
2 pieces. Center the boards over the book cloth and trace. For the board with the window, 
also mark W from the edges of the window, where the book cloth will fold. 

• Place wax paper on your work surface to protect it from the glue. Using a brush, smear 
PVA glue on the book board, then place the glue-saturated board onto the book cloth. 
Press it down with your hand, then flip it over. Use the bone folder to adhere the book 
cloth. Be sure to finish the first board before starting the second. 

• Trim the excess book cloth. Place your ruler 1 board's thickness away from the corner, at 
a 45° angle. Mark, then cut. Repeat for the remaining corners. For the board with the 
window, cut along the marks drawn within the window, then cut toward the window corners 
45° diagonally — but don't cut all the way to the corners, or the book board will show 

• Choose an edge of the book cloth and smear glue on the underside. Fold the book cloth 
over the board and hold until it sets. Repeat for the other 3 edges, the window edges, and 
the remaining cover. 

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Step 4 — Put the window in place 

• The window can be made of mica or polycarbonate. Both can be cut with scissors or a 
knife. Cut the material to size (slightly larger than the opening). 

• Use an awl to poke holes in the window where nails will be placed. Place the mica or 
polycarbonate over the opening, then use it as a template to pierce holes through the board 
as well. 

• Place miniature nails in the holes. The nails may go through the back of the board. If 
necessary, clip the nail ends even with the board, using wire cutters. Add a drop of super 
glue over each nail hole and let it dry. 

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• Cut 2 pieces of book cloth that are 
W shorter than your covers' height 
and width. For the cover with the 
window, center the cloth on the 
board, flip over, and trace. Cut the 

• Brush glue along the back of the 
book cloth. Center the book cloth 
over the board and adhere it using 
the bone folder. Wrap it in wax 
paper and place it under some 
heavy books to dry. 

• Repeat with the other cover. 

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The tapes are the horizontal bands of book cloth that connect the pages to the covers. 
Begin by placing the signatures inside the covers and measuring the width of the spine 
while pushing down gently. Decide how far you want the tapes to wrap around the book 
then calculate their length. 

Length of tapes = spine width + front measurement + back measurement 

Decide on the width of the tapes and double this measurement to account for fold-over, as 

Decide on the number of tapes, and cut them. If your book is 6" or taller, use no fewer than 
3 tapes. 

Mark, fold, and glue the tapes. Then place them under a stack of books to dry. 

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• Make a sewing template out of heavy paper, 3" wide and the same length as the spine. 
Fold in half lengthwise. 

• Unfold the template and place the tapes along it according to where you want them on the 
book. Mark along the centerline of the template, on either side of each tape. Also mark Vi" 
from each end of the template. 

• Stack the signatures in the order they'll be sewn, keeping them in order throughout the 
process. Place the guard from the first signature in the book cradle, lining it up with the 
stand. Nest the template over the guard and poke holes along the marks with an awl. 
Repeat with the corresponding signature. Repeat until all guards and signatures are 

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Measure out thread about 10 lengths of the spine 

Referring to the illustration at left, begin sewing from outside the first signature at the head 
(a) of the book and exiting at the tail (b), securing the tapes in place as you sew. Exit at 
(b), add the second signature and enter at (c). Continue sewing the second signature up to 
the head (d). Tie a square knot between (a) and (d) and add the third signature. Sew the 
third signature downward, then use a link stitch at (c) before adding the fourth signature. 

Continue until all the signatures are added, and tie off with a square knot on the inside of 
the last signature. Adjust the tapes to center them if needed. 

Place the top cover over the signatures and center the tapes in position. Apply glue to the 
back of the topmost tape, then hold until it sets. Repeat until all tapes are set. Place under 
heavy books and let the glue dry for at least 3 hours. Repeat for the back cover. 

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• To make a book cradle, refer to Figure A. The board is scored down the middle and folded 
into a V shape. The stands fit between the slotted areas. 

• This illustration shows the size of cradle I used for my book. If your book is taller than 11", 
you'll need to make a larger cradle. 

• To make a pocket for the back cover, refer to Figure B. The pocket folds will accordion 
back to create a spring-like action. Note that (a) will be the edges that are glued to the 
surface of the back cover. With the pocket piece folded, place glue where the bottom edge 
and side corners meet, and adhere. 

This project first appeared in CRAFT Volume 10 . page 78. 

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